Jake Arrieta


PITTSBURGH — Starlin Castro says he heard enough speculation about getting traded that he stopped checking his Instagram account, trying to block out the noise from Cubs fans wondering what’s next


MILWAUKEE – The Cubs didn’t want to cash in all their trade chips for a two-month rental at the deadline when the best-case scenario might be facing Gerrit Cole on the road in a one-game playoff.


MILWAUKEE — Tommy Hunter could feel the adrenaline surging for his Cubs debut in front of Saturday night’s sellout crowd at Miller Park. His first two warm-up pitches flew toward the backstop.


This is the reality for Miguel Montero if the Cubs catcher lets his sprained left thumb completely heal: “Obviously, if I wait to be 100 percent, it’s going to be season-ending, pretty much.”


For the Cubs, their biggest addition before MLB's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline may already have happened.